Please be advised that due to the current Covid-19 situation, many events for 2020 will now be cancelled. Please check with individual event organisers.
A selection of winter and Christmassy events in Scotland
Ask your host about the best places to experience Christmas and Hogmanay in Scotland... markets, bonfires, fireworks and wonderful New Year celebrations!
November - December
Christmassy events in the Trossachs
Christmas at the Botanics
late November - December, Edinburgh
Now in its third year at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, this festive illuminated trail showcases the gardens after dark.
Christmas in Glasgow
Glasgow's winter festival offers events throughout December.
Edinburgh's Christmas web site give details of events throughout December
Stirling Winter Festival
December 2020, Stirling
Lots of events leading up to Hogmanay in Stirling
Cromarty Film Festival
A varied selection of the best loved films at 'My Favourite Film' Festival.
tbc mid December 2020, Glamis Castle, Angus
Local traders, festive gifts, Santa's Grotto plus guided tours of the castle.
Grantown-on-Spey Christmas parade with Santa and his Reindeer
tbc 23 December 2020
Torchlight parade through Grantown-on-Spey with real reindeer, pipers, Christmas Carol singing and more.
Grantown-on-Spey Hogmanay in The Square
Fireworks Party in The Square with live Scottish music and ceilidh dancing in the street
See in the New Year in Edinburgh
Red Hot Highland Fling
A free Hogmanay party in Inverness on 31 December
31 December, Stirling Castle
Live music and fireworks at Stirling Castle with a family-friendly start to the evening.
Stonehaven Fireball Ceremony
31 December, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire
Bring the New Year in the Stonehaven way, and watch the procession as 45 men and women swing large balls of fire above their heads.
31 December, Comrie, Perthshire
Torchlit procession at midnight.